In the last 12 months, our television, radios, and newspapers have blazed, beamed and borne story after story of natural disaster. The South Eastern Asia earthquake and tsunami, hurricane Katrina, hurricane Rita, and a massive earthquake in Pakistan and India (to name only four) literally moved land sea and air in what even the most affirmed atheist would describe as Biblical proportions.
The results were no less striking in size - islands moved, mountains crumbled, cities flooded, governments floundered. Yet, nothing was more gripping and numbing than the mosaic of human suffering that followed as survivors fought for their very survival. The most basic of needs, when multiplied by the masses, became more than anyone could provide for. Good wishes, the logistics of delivery, and government itself were swamped by the reality of what it takes to sustain human life at even the most basic survival level.
[gbrl]It is all the more wonderful, therefore, when we look back and remember the God kept the nation of Israel alive in the wilderness for 40 years. Think of it! An entire nation wandered in the middle of nowhere for 4 decades and they never lacked for food or water. In fact, Deuteronomy 29:5 records that during that time neither their sandals nor their clothes wore out. God met every need they had and sustained them every day. He had no logistics to overcome because His almighty power overcame all. Neither did bureaucracy pose a challenge because there is no one He must go to for permission or help to do His will.
Are you facing some disaster in your life right now? Has the world you built up collapsed in a pile of rubble with you trapped in the middle of it? Has sickness, grief or anxiety flooded your very existence, leaving you surrounded with now where to go? Look to God, the great sustainer and provider of our souls. No shaking, drought, flood, or abandonment will ever keep Him from caring for you in Biblical proportions.
Pastor Tim Davis, Copyright 2005
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